Putting ClinicalKey in doctors’ hands through Research4Life’s developing country access

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Medical search engine lets doctors and nurses find evidence-based answers while treating patients

Pediatric Residents Toua Xiong Gniachue, MD, Phengphet Keobouapha, MD, and Dorkeo Bouapao, MD, access HINARI for the first time at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

Whether they are based in Boston, Beijing or Botswana, doctors everywhere struggle with information overload. Treating patients and keeping up with their administrative work and the latest research is more than a fulltime job.

Since 2012, doctors have been using ClinicalKey to quickly distill evidence-based answers from a massive database of clinical content. It’s an intuitive search engine that helps them save time, make more accurate diagnoses and find best practices at the point of care.

In June, ClinicalKey will be made available in over 80 developing countries through Research4Life, a free and low-cost research access program for clinicians, researchers and policymakers. ClinicalKey will join Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Scopus among the 50,000 peer reviewed books, journals and databases that are currently available from more than 200 publishers.

Hinari, Research4Life’s biomedical arm that provides access to health and medical research, has steadily improved its research collection since it was founded in 2001. But adding a widely available, commercially designed and robust clinical search engine for healthcare professionals should greatly boost usability. ClinicalKey has the potential to speed up how medical research is consulted in developing countries.